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    Default Please Help

    My four month old malteese x poodle comes inside to wee.
    She was getting training a bit but in the last week she could be outside for hours and then come inside wee and go back outside to play.
    She poos most of the time outside.
    Last night she weed on our bed and continued to sleep in it.
    We feel that we have been training her correctly, not getting cross taking her outside frequently etc.
    PLEASE HELP!

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    Hi Erina

    Firstly house training can take some time, and requires a solid commitment and consistency on the part of the owner. It is definately worth the effort short term (believe me) is very much part of the process and responsibilities new dog owners accept when deciding to take on a new family pet.

    Urinating or pooing in a home can also suggest the dog is stressed in the environment. Urnating in your bed at your puppies age would also suggest this to me.

    Every single time your puppy wakes from sleep take her outside in a familiar area and give her a verbal cue (such as 'wee's') STAY with her, and when she urinates quietly say "good girl" so as not to disturb her. Once she has gone reward her with a treat and lot's of big praise (good girl!)

    Your puppy should be encouraged every hour or so to urinate outside during the day using the same method. It is unreasonable to put your puppy in the yard unsupervised and without praise while she toilets and then still expect her to know the difference between inside and outside. You need to guide and educate her.

    Crate training overnight will probably also assit you although you will need to read up on the training for this.

    Hope this helps.

    B

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    Thanks for the advice we have been doing as you suggested, we can be outside with her for several hours returning her to her wee spot and giving cues but nothing we go inside and boom wees within seconds.
    She seems smart in other areas and is picking up training quickly.She also wees ( i beleive submissivly) when she sees my husband?
    I dont know what else to try could she be sick or attention seaking?

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    Hi Erina,

    Sorry for the late reply. I don't believe at her age it is attention seeking...It is hard to know without observing!

    If i was in your position i would (after taking her to a familiar spot for wee's and verbal prompts {and reward for wee's if she goes ahead} i would bring her back inside and take the time to religously observe her for signs of toileting)
    Close of most areas of the house so that she is limited in her movements. Some cues are sniffing the floors in a particular area and looking unsettled/ distracted. If you are distracted with anything and can't watch her every move put her on a lead and clip it to your clothing...(i have done this many times).

    Again ensure she is taken out regularly.

    If she has urinated upon floor surfaces you need to ensure the scent is removed completely as her scent will encourage her to urinate in the same place or close by again. The best cleaning products for this are enzyme based cleaners, vinegar and water, and bicarb soda and water. You can also buy special products at pet supply shops. Bleach actually strengthens the scent of dog urine, so dont use that!

    If she does actualy find an opportuity to wee inside, don't punish her or yell, simply pick her up without saying a word and pop her into a safe, encolsed area such as a bathroom or laundry, shut the door and ignore her for five minutes while you clean up the wee. When you let her out, move on from the wee and start back at the beginning!

    In regard to submissive urination with your husband...it's hard to know. But by far the majority of this behaviour is due to fear.

    It could possibly be a confidence issue for your little one? If possible try to strengthen and develop their relationship with positive play between the two and reward.

    If toileting during the night is an issue i would suggest crate training her. Crate training is of enormous benefit for families with indoor babes, and your little one will learn to adore her own special place. Crates are also great for hot days when you don't need dogs over running the house in the airconditioning, cold nights, travel and if ever unwell.

    I hope this helps...other than that and for my interest where did you buy your puppy?

    How old was she when you bought her home?

    Have you contacted the seller for support and advice? was this offered? and were you given info and advice on owning a new puppy?

    I offer this for every single dog i rehome, it is paramount in my opinion.

    Good luck and let me know how you go!

    B

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    Thanks for the reply she has been much better only weeing on the floor by the back door so now we just have to teach her to wine to go out (read somewhere about using a hanging bell so may try this)
    We got her from a pet shop I always swore that I never wood and had been watching at the RSPCA for months but no small dog puppies ever came up.
    I have 2 small children so I thought it would be better to get a puppy rather than a older dog who was set in its ways.
    She was nearly 12 weeks when we got her (the pet shop said she was 9!!!!) we had seen her on several occasions and she seemed to have a loverly temperment.
    I have since been in contact with the owners of the puppys parents.
    She does have a good temperment but seems quite highly strung (poodle part?) requires lots of excersice and I am currently trying to teach her not to jump up (whenever she sees anyone she is ssoooooooooo excited) by telling her sit and not giving her attention till she sits.
    Thankyou for your help Im sure I will be writing again soon about something else.

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    Hi Erinah,

    Thats great news! Weeing at the back door is a sign she knows where to go but cant get outside. Though you get that with littlies in training. She will get better...

    Sometimes in cold or wet weather they dont like to get their feet wet or get cold so can do the same thing...little monkeys!

    Thanks for sharing, i was just interested as i meet lots of classic pet shop bubs on deathrow in pounds. A lot of the time it is such simple puppy behaviours that present as the reason for dumping/surrender.

    Owning a new dog is such an enormous commitment...what/how you buy is crucial, but so is follow up support from the seller.

    Yep! i bet you are sharing another puppy behaviour soon!

    Poodles are a very intellegent breed so lots of mental stimulation is good.

    Puppy school would be great for you all. Asking her to sit before her meals is a good start to training. Once she is sitting, wait for her to make eye contact with "you" for a short length of time. (this shows she is looking to you for her food, not just expecting it) and then put her bowl down.

    If she jumps up you need to use a low toned voice and "AUGH,AUGH,AUGH" then turn away and ignore her untill she settles/repeat if needed.

    Gosh they are hard work!! but soooo worth the effort!

    B

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